Chiefs in Area 18 in Lilongwe have asked their law-maker Alfred Jiya to help push for justice after residents were supplied with water mixed with sewage in 2017.
Senior Block Leader Zimba said the Area 18 residents are still traumatized and they deserve to be compensated.
“We are waiting on you honourable Alfred Jiya to help us.We know you will help us to make extensive follow up on this matter to get to logical conclusion,” said Zimba.
The residents were seeking a K2 million compensation to each of the Area 18 households affected by the sewage-polluted water.
A report by the national task force on the Area 18A water contamination saga, instituted by President Peter Mutharika, faulted Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) for the incident which occurred on July 18 2017.
The report, which was submitted to President Peter Mutharika through Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara, noted that MHC failed to manage the sewer lines which were within its jurisdiction.
The taskforce chairperson, Rexie Chiluzi, noted that MHC was hesitant to act on the issue when it occurred until the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change gave them an ultimatum to repair the broken sewer lines as landlords responsible for such repairs.
Said Chiluzi when he presented the report: “The task force found that water was indeed contaminated due to a blockage of sewer lines and that MHC, being the landlord, is responsible for the management of sewer lines in Area 18 housing estate; hence, they needed to take care of the system timely.”
Chairperson of the Area 18 residents Leonard Phiri says there are 263 households that were affected.
“You know people have suffered, traumatised and others fell sick. So we are saying these people want to be compensated. Some may not have reacted immediately but later in the year or next year, they may experience the impact of the incident, maybe [suffering from] typhoid. There are a lot of diseases that may come because of this contamination,” Phiri said.
Jiya has since promised to meet the committee of victims led by Mr Phiri so that he can start following up the ussue with the council.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :